Years ago, the internet was an escape from the world. Now, the world is our escape from the internet We have to learn to control technology, and not allow technology to control us. While technology can be very beneficial, it can control our lives without us even knowing it.
As we’ve embraced more and more technology, we have also inadvertently given them unrestricted access to our lives. We seem to have forgotten what it feels like to live without a cell phone. What is the first thing you do after your alarm goes off in the morning? Even though we are still half asleep, the first thing most of us do is reach for our cell phones.
However, with the digital revolution, a funny thing has happened. The more comfortable we’ve got with it, the less we seem to understand the tech. The more confidence with which we use our devices, the less control we seem to have on them. The constant online connection and ability to instantly communicate with anyone at any time may have begun to create stress in our lives.
When was the last time you were asked out in person and not through a text message? When was the last time you sent someone a card to wish them a happy birthday instead of a text?
Technology simplifies and enhances our lives each day. Technology is eliminating face-to-face communication more and more. Business Insider states that the average person uses their cell phone 2,617 times a day, so it’s no wonder interpersonal communication has become a rarity. Technology and social media are affecting the way we interact and communicate. No one seems to be engaged in a face-to-face conversation.
Nowadays, even if you are talking with your best friends, no one seems to pay attention or make eye contact.
These days, doing something as seemingly innocuous as not responding to a text message as quickly as possible can cause the other person to think you do not want to talk to them. When we enabled the insidious creep of tech into our lives, we did not We were simply too taken with the perceived convenience and ignored the little voice in our head that said, “Nothing is free. You always pay.”